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VIDEO: Amanda Mustard speaks on recently-released HBO documentary, “Great Photo, Lovely Life.

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By Graham Harrington

January 16, 2024

In chronicling her grandfather’s history of serial sexual abuse of children — including her sister and also her mother — and the devastating toll it took on so many, Amanda Mustard wanted to avoid leaning too heavily into the heinousness of pedophilia, and how badly institutions fail victims.

To be sure, those components are featured in the Harrisburg filmmaker’s recently-released HBO documentary, “Great Photo, Lovely Life.” But Mustard felt there was a more impactful story to be mined from her grandfather’s abuse, something she said her devoutly religious family chose to sweep under the rug and “pray away” rather than deal with as she was growing up.

“I wanted to have a different conversation about what this actually looks like for families and victims,” said Mustard. “The messiness of intergenerational trauma, the messiness of keeping secrets, and what happens to a family when you decide to pull out the skeletons in the closet.” Click the link in our bio to read our interview with Mustard about “Great Photo, Lovely Life,” which is streaming now on Max

 

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In chronicling her grandfather’s history of serial sexual abuse of children — including her sister and also her mother — and the devastating toll it took on so many, Amanda Mustard wanted to avoid leaning too heavily into the heinousness of pedophilia, and how badly institutions fail victims. To be sure, those components are featured in the Harrisburg filmmaker’s recently-released HBO documentary, “Great Photo, Lovely Life.” But Mustard felt there was a more impactful story to be mined from her grandfather’s abuse, something she said her devoutly religious family chose to sweep under the rug and “pray away” rather than deal with as she was growing up. “I wanted to have a different conversation about what this actually looks like for families and victims,” said Mustard. “The messiness of intergenerational trauma, the messiness of keeping secrets, and what happens to a family when you decide to pull out the skeletons in the closet.” Click the link in our bio to read our interview with Mustard about “Great Photo, Lovely Life,” which is streaming now on Max. ✏️ : @patrickdberkery @amandamustard #GreatPhotoLovelyLife #AmandaMustard #HBO #HarrisburgPA #Pennsylvanian #Documentaries #Documentary #Pennsylvanialife #Pennsylvania_life #NewsUpdate #NewsUpdate #HBOMax

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  • Graham Harrington

    Graham Harrington is The Keystone's social media manager. As a multimedia journalist, he has written for the Denisonian, PAC News, and Today’s Patient. Graham lives in Delaware County and is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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